Project #75949 - Children Literature Discussion

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Option 1. Diversity (Mirrors, Windows, & Doors in the readings)

Many great children's literature authors (Jaqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming in particular) stress the importance of seeing yourself in the literature you read. Scholar Rudine Sims Bishop corroborates the importance of seeing these cultural “mirrors” and even adds that its important to see an array of various other cultural “windows” in your reading. The Novel of Verse you read for Thursday (either Brown Girl Dreaming or The Crossover) should serve as at least one of these for everyone—even if only a single poem/chapter works as a mirror for you and another works as a window.

For your discussion post, write about the way your novel in verse worked as either a mirror or a window. If it worked as both at different points, disuss both of these. If your novel only worked as one (either a window or a mirror), choose another text from this term so far that fulfills the other role (working as either the window or mirror that you didn't have in your novel in verse. If no other text from this term fulfills that role for you, tell me about another example of children's literature you've read before that would fulfill it. 

Finally, include in your discussion your thoughts on diversity in children’s literature in relation to the ppt and our discussion this week.

So to be clear, you must discuss an example of a window and a mirror for you from your reading. At least one of these must come from your novel of verse; however, the other might come from a previous reading this semester or earlier in your life. 

You can even discuss how each worked as both a mirror and a window for you if you’d like. Keep in mind for Locomotion the power of poetry for conveying emotional experiences.

 

Option 2. The Carnivalesque vs. Childhood Innocence

Several of the nursery rhymes, playground chants, and poems you read/watched this week represent the carnivalesque for children. But even the novels in verse you read incorporates a bit of this nonconformity and power shift of the carnivalesque—even though they're a bit heavier in topic/subject than the nursery rhymes.

In your discussion post for this option, discuss your thoughts on the carnivalesque in contrast to the tradition of innocence that was developed during the Golden Age (that we discussed last week). Make sure to include the following in your discussion:

  • at least one nursery rhyme or playground chant
  • at least one of Silverstein’s poems
  • examples from your novel of verse. 

Minimum 400 words. 

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